The mission of the St. Joseph County Great Start Collaborative is to engage the entire community to assure a coordinated system of services and resources to assist families in providing a great start for their children from birth through age five.

Earlier intervention has greater effects in changing a child’s life course, but not always a higher benefit-cost ratio; both are important by timbartik

In my new book, From Preschool to Prosperity, one issue I discuss is how the returns to high-quality early childhood programs vary with what child ages are targeted by the program. One popular notion is that the earlier the intervention, the better. Although this notion has a kernel of truth, the research […]

October 22, 2014: Michigan’s 59th District Candidates Debate

Michigan’s 59th District candidates Democrat Mike Moroz & Republican Aaron Miller will be present to meet the community and take questions at the Riviera Theatre on October 22nd at 7 PM in a debate open to the public. In the interest of community education and awareness, the […]

Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program

The Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (HTPCP) is seeking applicants for their federal grants that support community-based child health projects that improve the health status of mothers, infants, children, and adolescents by increasing their access to health services.Qualified applicants must represent a new initiative within their […]

Early Essentials Webinar Series: First Wednesday September 2014 – February 2015

Early Essentials is a series of webinar videos through the Early Head Start National Resource Center. The free series will be aired the firstWednesday of each month between September 2014 and February 2015. Check the “Webisodes” tab on the upper right hand corner of the screen to see […]

ZERO TO THREE Self-Assessment Survey Results for Michigan

In December 2013, Michigan was chosen to be a part of a cohort of five states to receive technical assistance from ZERO TO THREE on developing and messaging a comprehensive birth to age three, statewide agenda. The effort to write a proposal to receive this support was […]

Strengthening the Social and Emotional Capacity of Children

Child Trends was recently commissioned to produce a report for the Tuck Family Foundation in Bridgeport, Conn. on the social-emotional skills needed to help low-income children succeed. The research of literature identifies five social-emotional skills to be related to positive outcomes that includes academic achievement and engagement. […]